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Re: Finlays County Cavan
Posted by: Tom Finlay (ID *****8348) Date: November 21, 2002 at 06:43:07
In Reply to: Re: Finlays County Cavan by dave findlay of 390

Beverley Township is in Wentworth County, just north of Hamilton. My David Finlay appears in the 1842 census. His first daughter, Mary, was born in Lockport N.Y. in 1841. David's wife was Susan Wallace, County Donegal. So we know that David was in Lockport. Also in Lockport at the same time was Ezekiel McNichol and his wife Mary Wallace, sister of Susan. Ezekiel and family followed the Finlay's to Beverley about 1850 and Mary Finlay ended up marrying a McNichol, Thomas, her first cousin. (I am assuming Mary and Susan Wallace were sisters). Ezekiel had children in Ireland and the U.S. so was married in Ireland. The McNichols and Finlays are all buried in adjacent rows. There is a family story that David Finlay, married one of the servants and left Ireland for Canada. This sounds plausible. Other Finlay children were Wallace, Robert, Susan, Nancy and Margaret. Popular names with subsequent generations were Frank, William, Robert, Mary and Margaret. Some other names were Richard, Emma, Ruth, Roy, Earnest, and Phineas. I've never found any siblings or relatives of David Finlay although an adjacent farm had a labourer named Charles in the 1891 census, and there was also a John Finlay briefly nearby in 1891. There was also a William Finlay, from a different irish county who was fairly closeby. He arrived earlier, 1813 or so. He did have a daughter named Nancy. It is a bit of a mystery. No Amelias.
Tom Finlay

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